NACCHO Injury and Violence

Prevention Newsletter
News, Resources, and Events for Local Health Departments

 

January 2013

In This Issue
Sandy Hook Recovery Resources
NACCHO Supports National Drug Facts Week
From CPSC: Deaths Caused by Furniture Tip-Overs
ICRC-S Launches New Webinar and Conference Call Series: The Intersection of Suicide Research and Public Health Practice
Funding Opportunity: Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act Grants
Transportation for America Handbook on Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Law
NACCHO Compendium of Policy Statements
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Sandy Hook Recovery Resources

NACCHO extends its deepest sympathies to those affected by the school shooting in Newtown, CT and joins families and communities across the country who are coping with the shock of this traumatic event.


Local health departments prepare communities for disasters and respond when emergencies occur. They also work closely with community partners such as school boards, school nurses and psychologists, mental health professionals, and social workers to recover from a crisis and to prevent future tragedies from occurring. Click here for resources to share with community partners and families to aid in their recovery.
 

NACCHO Supports National Drug Facts Week

Back for its third year, National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) is becoming one of the most important national drug education activities in the country. NDFW is a health observance that will be held from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, 2013 to help teens shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. Through community-based events and activities on the Web, on TV, and through contests, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, is working to encourage teens to get factual answers from scientific experts.

From CPSC: Deaths Caused by Furniture Tip-Overs

A new report from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows the highest-ever number of television and furniture tip-over deaths recorded by the agency in 2011. According to the CPSC report, 349 consumers (84 percent of them were children younger than age 9) were killed between 2000 and 2011, when TVs, furniture or appliances toppled over onto them. Last year (2011) had the highest one-year number of fatalities reported. Low-cost anchoring devices are effective in preventing these incidents. Parents and caregivers of young children are urged to anchor and stabilize their televisions, furniture and appliances to prevent tip-over related incidents.  

ICRC-S Launches New Webinar and Conference Call Series: The Intersection of Suicide Research and Public Health Practice

The Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S), a new CDC-funded research center focusing on a public health approach to suicide research and suicide prevention, is launching a series of monthly webinars and conference calls starting in January 2013.  Developed by the University of Rochester Medical Center and the Education Development Center, the ICRC-S draws suicide prevention directly into the domain of public health and injury prevention and links it to complementary approaches to mental health.  The ICRC-S webinar series, The Intersection of Suicide Research and Public Health Practice, will explore the perspectives and approaches of suicide researchers and of state and local injury prevention and suicide prevention practitioners. Register for the January 9th webinar and the  January 16th conference call

Funding Opportunity: Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is currently accepting applications for fiscal year 2013 Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act (STOP Act) grants. The deadline for applications is Mar. 1. 

Transportation for America Handbook on Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Law.

Transportation for America (T4America) has just released an easy-to-follow handbook to help communities understand the new federal transportation law adopted earlier this year, which makes significant changes to federal transportation policy. In this handbook, you will find information on policies and programs in the new bill, as well as guidance on how to push back against potential arguments to not support transit, biking, or walking projects. Click here to download the handbook. 

NACCHO Compendium of Policy Statements 

NACCHO has updated its Compendium of Policy Statements. NACCHO's policy statements not only inform our national voice for local health departments, but they can also support your local and state voice for policy development and stakeholder education work. We strongly encourage your use of these recommendations to keep people healthy and safe. Click here to view all 110 policy statements. 

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